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Calif. council releases plan to restore river delta

1:45 PM, Dec 1, 2012   |    comments
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A state-sponsored advisory council has released a long-range plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and provide a more reliable water supply to farms and cities.

The Delta Stewardship Council issued the final draft of the Delta Plan on Friday.

The plan contains policy recommendations such as reducing water suppliers' reliance on the delta and expanding floodplains and habitat around levees. It doesn't propose any new construction.

The delta is formed by the confluence of California's longest rivers, the Sacramento and San Joaquin. It supplies drinking water to two-thirds of Californians and irrigates about 4 million acres of crops.

The ecosystem's rapid deterioration has spurred regulations that limit delta pumping. In 2009, the Legislature created the seven-member council to come up with a plan to manage the delta.

The Associated Press

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